The IRS Provides Online Tools for Recovery Rebates

Article Highlights:

  • Non-Filer Information for Recovery Rebates 
  • “Get My Payment” 
  • Words of Caution 
  • Who Should Use the Non-filer Tool? 
  • Reduced Payments 
The IRS has a free, and easy-to-use online tool that enables those who don’t normally file a tax return (non-filers), or have too little income to file, to register for Economic Impact Payments (aka recovery rebates or stimulus payments) so they can receive their payments faster.

The online site also allows those who have changed addresses since they last filed a tax return to provide the IRS with their current address.

On the same online site, taxpayers will be able to check on the status of their rebate and whether it was issued by check or direct deposit using the “Get My Payment” tool. You can also provide the IRS with your direct deposit information.

A Few Words of Caution: Scammers will doubtlessly come up with an IRS look-alike website in an attempt to steal taxpayers’ direct deposit info, which can also be used for direct withdrawals. When visiting the IRS’s website, always make sure you are on before entering any personal or financial information. And don’t fall for solicitations from scammers who want to charge you a fee to help you apply for the rebate payment; the IRS does not require any fees, and in most cases, an individual’s Economic Impact Payment will come automatically from the IRS.

Who Should Use the Non-filer Tool?

You should only use the tool if you did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 or didn’t receive Social Security retirement, SSI disability benefits, or Railroad Retirement benefits.

Those who should consider using the tool include:
  • Lower-Income Individuals: This group is made up of individuals who were not required to file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 because their income was under the normal threshold for filing a tax return. This may include single filers with income under $12,200, married couples making less than $24,400, and those who filing as head of household who made less than $18,350 in 2019. These amounts are for individuals under age 65. The filing thresholds are higher for those age 65 and older. Add $1,650 for single and head-of-household individuals and, if married, $1,300 for each spouse who is 65 or older. 

  • Students and others: If someone else claimed you on their tax return, you will not be eligible for the Economic Impact Payment and cannot use the Non-filer tool. 
Reduced Payments: While the Economic Impact Payment that most taxpayers will receive will be $1,200 ($2,400 for a married couple), plus $500 per eligible child, it could be less if the adjusted gross income on the taxpayer’s 2019 return (or 2018 return, if the 2019 return hasn’t yet been filed) exceeds $75,000 (single or married filing separately), $112,500 (head of household), or $150,000 (married filing jointly). Within a couple of weeks of making the payments, the IRS is supposed to send each person to whom a payment was made a notice explaining the payment amount. Please keep this document with your 2020 tax information, as it will be needed when filing your 2020 return.

On-line Q&A: The IRS provides an extensive Q&A related to rebate issues.

If you have any questions, please give this office a call.

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